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  1. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    A couple will be sitting down to their treats in just a minute. On one plate, maple taffy on a stick, freshly pulled from the snow in the taffy-trough, and maple cookies and a sugar candy on the other plate.
  2. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    At this long table it looks like a family of five has set down their paper plates full of various goodies, and maybe gone back for a few drinks to wash them down with. Taffy on sticks, maple candies of a couple of kinds, fudge, and cookies.
  3. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    What the customers see, before they decide to come in from the cold!
  4. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    Like any good gift shop, the Aucoins will sell you any version of maple that you like—as long as you buy some they're happy! Small "bags" of plastic wrap, with thin strips of raffia for bows.
  5. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    Candies being sold by-the-piece in jars. The "jars" are made from old, tiny (1") Christmas ornaments, so old that some of the paint was flaking off; I discovered that with a good wash in hot soapy water the rest of the paint came off, leaving them as clear glass. With a jewelry finding on the bottom as a base, and thin aluminum as a lid, they look quite a bit like old-fasioned candy jars.
  6. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    Those tiny shaped candies then were gift-boxed, into packages of heart candies and packages of maple-leaf candies.
  7. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    These are the maple sugar candies, made from polymer clay mixed about 1:1 with craft sand to get that grainy-sugar look. In this closeup you can see that I made a tiny mold in a heart shape for these...
  8. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    Fresh pans of maple fudge, ready for sale by-the-piece or by the pan, if you dare!
  9. From the album: 2014 HBS Creatin' Contest--Erabliere Aucoin, Sugar Shack and Shop

    Pre-made maple candies come in two main types: formed/ pressed maple sugar candy (tastes a bit like eating a clump of brown sugar), and hard candies like any lozenge-type candy. And then of course, there's maple fudge. (And fresh-taffy pulling, but we'll get to that later!) I have family members who swear by the hard-candy type (which is more traditional to Québec), and family members who only love the pressed-sugar type (very New England). Personally, I'll gladly forsake both for a good homemade fudge, so at the Aucoins' shop, they sell it all! These candies (and a few cookies) were made in several ways. Some are stained-glass paint, squirted out in tiny amounts and dried on waxed paper, then peeled off; some are polymer clay, or polymer clay with additions to it in the case of the maple-nut fudge; and the pressed-sugar ones are polymer clay mixed about 1:1 with craft sand, to give it that gritty, granulated-sugary look.
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